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25 Quotes To Inspire You To Become A Rebellious Entrepreneur

25 Quotes To Inspire You To Become A Rebellious Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are an interesting breed. They go against the grain and create their own path.

Although entrepreneurs are ambitious, they do come across obstacles where just a few words can re-ignite the passion behind their mission, their purpose, and their ultimate goal.

There is a lot of power behind words.  Words can inspire, create emotions, and even start a movement.

You can find quotes every where and people love sharing them. An issue with quotes can be that they are just read and not reflected upon.

Entrepreneurs need to find focus:

– A rebellious entrepreneur is one who shows the desire and will to continue forward despite opposition, negativity, and resist convention.

– Rebellious entrepreneurs will focus on one quote and read it at different times of the day, they will then find that quote itself changes.

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– They will see it under a different light as well as learn something new.

This approach allows you, the rebellious entrepreneur, to focus on one thing with the idea of bringing many possibilities.

These quotes will unleash and inspire the rebel in all entrepreneurs.

Follow these 3 steps with the following list of 25 quotes:

  1. Save them to your computer or bookmark this page
  2. Choose one rebellious entrepreneur quote for the day
  3. Read the quote throughout the day (morning, afternoon, and at the end of your day)

1. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

Maybe you thought about how things would be different if you were more of a risk taker or didn’t have the fear of rejection.  It’s normal to have these feelings.  Remember, if there was no such things as fear then bravery and courage wouldn’t exist.

2. “Great minds discuss ideas.  Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

You can get caught up in the gossip and the constant feeds of events going on.  Gossip only brings instability within your team and organization.  Instead, be the one who crushes gossip and inspires ideas.

3.  “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

As an entrepreneur, you are waiting for that one opportunity to be that tipping point where the game changes. If you are finding yourself patiently waiting but nothing is coming, it may be time to bring out the toolbox, get your hands dirty, and build a door yourself.

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4.  “To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.” – Sven Goran Eriksson

Like Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Small minds discuss people.” Once you start comparing yourself to other successful people and wishing you were like them or have what they have, the world misses out on you showing who you truly are.  We all have something unique to offer.

5.  “First they ignore you.  Then they laugh at you.  Then they fight you.  Then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

It’s not easy being an entrepreneur.  You will not always get the support you need.  You will be constantly rejected and made fun of.  And there will always be someone ahead of you or trying to out-do you.  Good.  It means you are doing something right.

6.  “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them don’t hurt them.” -Dalai Lama

What you do matters.  You must find a deeper purpose of the WHY behind what you are doing.  Don’t worry about building up the bottom line.  It will come once you start focusing on helping others.

7.  “If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.” – Joseph Campbell

As a rebellious entrepreneur, you create your own path.  If you find that the grass is always green and the paths are beautifully manicured then there is a good chance you are missing out on the opportunities waiting specifically for you.

8.  “Beware the bareness of a busy life.” – Socrates

Don’t make yourself seem busy by filling your schedule with mundane tasks.  The main question to ask yourself is if whether or not the tasks will get you closer to your ultimate goal.  Constantly checking your email or social media feeds will not make opportunities pop up any faster.

9.  “Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” – Lao Tzu

If you are going to do something, make sure it’s purposeful.  You need to keep you energy levels high as a rebellious entrepreneur.  Filling up your day with nonsense will only drain your energy and leave you feeling weak when obstacles or opportunities approach.

10.  “Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” – John De Paola

Don’t rush towards success.  There are no shortcuts.  Take your time and work on your craft.  If the road towards your ultimate goal is easy, it’s not meaningful enough.

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11.  “Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed by the fire of enthusiasm.” – Norman Vincent Peale

It’s important to keep your entrepreneurial fire lit. People and events will try to break you down.  As long as you surround yourself with the right people and you truly believe in your mission or idea, nothing can stop you.

12.  “Trust your own instinct.  Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” – Billy Wilder

Give yourself more credit. Entrepreneurs cannot be afraid of listening to their instincts no matter how much criticism you think you will receive.

13.  “Stay away from what might have been and look at what will be.” – Marsha Petrie Sue

If you continue to focus on what might have been if you’ve done something different, then you will miss out on the possibilities that lay ahead of you. It’s best to live in the present, prepare for what’s to come, and remember the past.  Don’t live in the past.

14.  “Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Victoria Holt

Whatever happened, happened.  You can’t change it. Moving forward with regret will only make you feel stuck in the past.

15.  “If you lose today, win tomorrow.  In this never-ending spirit of challenge is the heart of a victor.” – Daisuka Ikeda

Not every day is going to be a good day.  If every day is perfect then you are not reaching high enough.

16. “Don’t wait for your feelings to change to take action.  Take the action and your feelings will change.” – Barbara Baron

You don’t always want to wake up before the sun rises.  But you do.  How you start your morning primes your fitness for taking action.  The longer you wait, the less action you will take.

17.  “Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.” – William James

Your idea, services, or product, matters.  Why? Because you believe it matters.

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18.  “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller

Entrepreneurs can’t expect everything to be positive and filled with roses.  Brian Tracy said, “If you are always on, then you must be on something.”

19.  “It is the way we react to circumstances that determines our feelings.”- Dale Carnegie

When things get rough, you cannot let your emotions take you over.  You may not always have control over your circumstances, but you are in control of your emotions.

20.  “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell

As long as you are doing what you love to do and continue to work at it, doors will open for you.  Active patience is always rewarded.

21.  “You alone are enough.  You have nothing to prove to anyone.” – Maya Angelou

If you are trying to prove something to others, you will learn that when you do reach your goal those people who you are trying to prove something to, still don’t care.

22.  “Live your life for you not for anyone else. Don’t let the fear of being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself.” – Sonya Parker

When you start worrying about what others think of you and try to make everyone like you, you become less of yourself.  You mold yourself into what others want you to become and you are no longer in control of your own destiny.

23.  “If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.” – Wayne Dyer

Every obstacle means there is opportunity right around the corner.  You approach determines the outcome.

24.  “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

To live is to give.  A rebel entrepreneur fights against the status quo of building up the dollars in the bottom line and focus on the bottom line being the amount of people they help

25.  “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Without fear there is no such thing as strength, courage, and confidence.

Becoming an entrepreneur takes courage, but having the strength to stay on your journey as a rebellious entrepreneur means you’ve made fear your friend.

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7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

Posture

First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

  • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
  • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
  • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
  • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

Facial Expressions

Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

  • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
  • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
  • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

2. Relax Your Face

New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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3. Improve Your Eye Contact

Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

3. Smile More

There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

4. Hand Gestures

Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

5. Enhance Your Handshake

In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

“Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

Final Takeaways

Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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